The Dead Butcher and His Fiend Like Queen

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English Grade 11 “The Dead Butcher and his Fiend Like Queen” "This dead butcher and his fiend like queen", is the way in which Malcolm describes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the last speech of the play. The images portrayed by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change impressively throughout the play. Therefore, I believe that this quote is not an accurate judgment of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as it was based on one mistake, though a considerable mistake. To start with, I should first give an explanation about the two important words in this quote: a butcher is a person who kills people unnecessarily and brutally, while a fiend is someone very cruel and spiteful who symbolizes the devil. In order to consolidate his power,…show more content…
In conclusion, "this butcher and his fiend-like queen" is partly a fair comment on the characters of the Macbeths as it was said by a character that was hurt by them. Malcolm’s opinion was natural, because they had brutally murdered his father Duncan. It was normal that he could only see an evil woman and a murdering tyrant. It is worth to say so, but they are not butcher and fiend all through; only at the end of the play. He also said that to put an end to a reign of injustice, evilness and tyranny introducing himself as the ideal and good leader. He is making the audience make a contrast between the previous reign and his reign (that is coming). This helps him politically because the way he will be leading Scotland will be much better than the way Macbeth did, this makes him look good in the eyes of his people. By the end of this play, we find out that all evilness comes from human weakness. If you cannot control your hidden ambition, you will have your downfall and self-destruction like our hero Macbeth and have a tragic
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